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  • noun having no employment; being idle intentionally.

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  • verb Present participle of loaf.

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  • noun having no employment


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  • Every single day I see him on television as either traveling, vacationing, making commercials or just plain loafing.

    What Obama's reading on the Vineyard 2009

  • When it was suggested that fourteen or fifteen hours 'work per day could scarcely be called loafing, he replied, "Well, for fifteen years I have worked on an average twenty hours a day."

    The True Citizen, How to Become One W. F. Markwick

  • He hates to see a big, fat word loafing around with nothing to do, so he throws one in occasionally for exercise, I guess.

    Remarks Bill Nye 1873

  • As for the stale bread "loafing" around your bread bin - you crack me up :D

    At My Table 2008

  • Its slogan: "Shame to the loafer and the drunkard" associates alcohol abuse with unproductiveness "loafing".

    Making the History of 1989 1989

  • Our original arrangement, before coming out to join the Smithsons, was that the time should be spent in camping, boating, "loafing," and shooting.

    A Holiday in the Happy Valley with Pen and Pencil T. R. Swinburne

  • What Edison in Florida speaks of as "loafing" would be for most of us extreme and healthy activity in the cooler Far North.

    Edison, His Life and Inventions Frank Lewis Dyer 1905

  • And he was beginning to understand the joys of "loafing," -- so much so indeed that he felt a certain sympathy with the lazy varlet who prefers to stroll aimlessly about the country begging his bread rather than do a stroke of honest work.

    The Treasure of Heaven A Romance of Riches Marie Corelli 1889

  • They were simply idling about the beach and "loafing," as if they had nothing particular to do but gossip with each other as to what meant the outlandish creatures, who had invaded their territory.

    The Wreck of the Nancy Bell Cast Away on Kerguelen Land 1887

  • But even when "loafing" as he was this evening, Condy could not rid himself of the thought and recollection of his novel; resting or writing, it haunted him.

    Blix Frank Norris 1886


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  • "Loafing for the soul". Stella Gibbons, Cold Comfort Farm.

    February 15, 2013

  • via a 1996 NY Times article: In "Walden," the book, Mr. Thoreau celebrated the art of loafing. "Sometimes, in a summer morning, having taken my accustomed bath, I sat in my sunny doorway from sunrise till noon, rapt in a revery," he wrote. "It was morning, and lo, now it is evening, and nothing memorable is accomplished."

    November 12, 2015